Category Archives: Default settings

A Disgraceful Dereliction of Duty

ICANN is the global ruling body for the worldwide web. It is an independent organization but every government in the world, including the UK’s, can influence its decisions through something called the Government Advisory Committee (GAC). The Brits have been particularly active on … Continue reading

Posted in Default settings, E-commerce, ICANN, Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation

A big but solvable problem

The great majority of social media sites say that 13-year-olds may use their services but because few, if any, do any kind of age verification we know that 75% of all 10-12-year-olds in the UK are on them. However, on Twitter and Tumblr, for example, there is a phenomenal amount … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Default settings, E-commerce, Pornography, Regulation, Self-regulation

Answers, answers

2017 has set off at a blistering pace. The first week is not over yet and already we have had two important announcements. Searching for answers NSPCC got in first with its call for parents to make greater use of … Continue reading

Posted in Default settings, E-commerce, Facebook, Google, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

Return to Sender – nothing new here

According to a well known search engine there is a dispute about the provenance of what is probably the best known definition of madness. The one where insanity is described as doing the same thing over and over yet expecting … Continue reading

Posted in Default settings, Internet governance, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

Toys can be tricky

Children’s toys that can connect to the internet featured in eNACSO’s recent publication (June, 2016) When ‘free’ isn’t . They were also the principal topic of conversation at a workshop organized earlier this month at the IGF entitled The Internet of Toys and Things. It was … Continue reading

Posted in Default settings, E-commerce, Regulation, Self-regulation, Uncategorized

Only 100

I have written many times about the fantastic work Microsoft did when they developed Photo DNA – the tool that allows law enforcement and other agencies to create a “digital fingerprint” of a child abuse image. This “fingerprint” can then … Continue reading

Posted in Child abuse images, Default settings, E-commerce, Facebook, Google, Internet governance, Microsoft, Regulation, Self-regulation

More progress

About 10.00.p.m. last night the Digital Economy Bill completed its passage through the House of Commons. The key clauses on age verification had initially been tabled by Claire Perry MP with signatures from Members of Parliament from seven different political … Continue reading

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